Stylish Art Patrons
Today’s top fashion brands are now the art world’s most powerful benefactors
Written by Rhonda Riche
Through its Fondation Cartier, the famed jewelry house has commissioned limited-edition works, including lithographs by auteur David Lynch and a glass-piece box set by the radical Italian architect Andrea Branzi.
LVMH’s Louis Vuitton has a history of inviting artists to use their handbags as canvases (a popular 2001 line with Stephen Sprouse revitalized his career). Others who’ve lent their talent to the brand include Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Yayoi Kusama.
A highlight of designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s 15-year reign over Kering-owned Balenciaga was the 2010 debut of his collaboration with Cindy Sherman, for which the American photographer portrayed fictional characters, all dressed head-to-toe in the brand, in a series of six self-produced images.